Address: Lochmara Bay
Queen Charlotte Sound
Marlborough, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 573 4554
Email: enquiries@

 Experience the magic of the Marlborough Sounds. 

Welcome to the magical Marlborough Sounds. From 2 hours to a full day, we will show you the best of the Sounds. Pristine waters, panoramic views, fantastic food, and art and nature discovery's all here.  

Trips depart Picton:  9am, 12.30pm, 3.15pm, 5.30pm (dinner cruise)
Trips depart Lochmara:   11am, 2.45pm, 4pm (off-peak) / 5pm (peak)

Cruise is 15-20 minutes each way. Report time 10 mins prior to departure. Kakariki Feeding Experience daily 2.15pm.  Please note, Lochmara is not a picnic destination - we have a great menu and all day snack options in Lochmara Cafe

Friendtastic Day (for two people):
Take some time with a friend for a day of fun and pampering.

Depart Picton at 9am to cruise to Lochmara, where you can relax, take a walk to the Queen Charlotte Track, or kayak around the bay.
Enjoy lunch in the café, and then prepare for a blissful afternoon with a 30 minute massage each following by an hour long relaxation soak in our Bath House.
Return to Picton relaxed and refreshed, departing Lochmara at either 2.45pm or take time to explore the Wildlife Recovery Centre and Art galleries with 5pm return. 


$149 per person



Art and Nature Cruise and Explore
Pick your own path with our most popular trip. Highlights:

  • Native bush trails and conservation projects
  • Hand-feed native kakariki parakeets
  • Art exhibitions and sculpture trail
  • Panoramic Lookout hike (3 hours return)*
  • Fabulous food in Lochmara Cafe
  • Multiple departures daily


Spring Special!
Only $40



Family Day Out
Something for everyone! Choose from family-oriented activity options:

  • Boat Cruise to Lochmara
  • Great NZ Art Treasure Hunt
  • Safe swimming beach with play equipment
  • Feed the pigs, chickens, and alpacas
  • Kayak around the sheltered coastline 
  • Hand feed kakariki, see wetas and bees
  • Depature times throughout the day

$155 peak $130 off peak - two adults and up to three children
Children under 5 free. Child 5 - 14 

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Early Bird Special
A whirlwind morning trip

  • 9am cruise to Lochmara
  • Spot native birds on the nature trail
  • Stroll through the art exhibition spaces
  • Enjoy a fabulous breakfast overlooking the bay
  • 11am depart Lochmara (arrive Picton 11.20). 

$35 adult / $20 Child
(Breakfast not included)

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Dinner in the Sounds
End the day on a high. Relax with an early evening cruise to Lochmara, giving you time to admire the art or enjoy a glass of wine before dinner overlooking the bay. Our chef uses the freshest local ingredients to create superb menus giving a real taste of Marlborough. After dark see glow worms and natural phosphorescence in the bay before a starlit return cruise.
$85 pp inc cruise and main course.

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Charter options available including Anakiwa, Mistletoe Bay and Momorangi. 5.30pm dinner cruise only.  Peak schedule applies 22 Oct - 8 Apr.

Minimum numbers apply on all trips. Timetable may change due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. Group specials available. 

*2 children aged 5 - 14/adult. 
*Queen Charlotte Track Land Coop Pass required.  $10 available to purchase at Lochmara.

All rates include entry to Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, Kakariki feeding, and use of Lochmara Lodge facilities (including hammocks, kayaks, games equipment). Meals are not included. Minimum numbers apply. Child rates apply for ages 5 14. Children under 5 travel free. Please enquire about our group and family rates.

Winter Closure
Lochmara is closed for the winter season. We take online and email bookings over this time.  We open again on 24th September 2014. See you then!

Kids go free!
Children stay and play for free in the September School Holidays. Plan your spring escape now.

Free Wifi
Stay connected: all our rooms come with a free wifi allocation

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